Two weeks later and I can still buy and RTX 3090 Ti Founders Edition at MSRP
Does this mean that the RTX 3090 Ti costs too much?
Published: 13th April 2022 | Source: Scan UK |
Nvidia's RTX 3090 Ti is still in stock at its MSRP price over two weeks after launch
Nvidia's RTX 3090 Ti launched two weeks ago and remains in stock and available at retailers, signalling and end to the GPU shortage and an end to the time where gamers would seemingly pay anything for a graphics card. Even Nvidia's RTX 3090 Ti Founders Edition graphics card remains available to purchase.
With a high MSRP of £1,879 in the UK, some gamers will not be surprised that Nvidia's RTX 3090 Ti has remained on store shelves. Even so, it wasn't long ago that almost all RTX 3090 graphics cards were available for over £2,000, and the RTX 3090 is less performant than an RTX 3090 Ti.
In time, we expect GPU pricing to normalise further, with lower-end GPU models achieving prices that are closer to their intended MSRPs. With next-generation graphics cards being expected later this year from both AMD and Nvidia, we know that both companies will want to clear their stocks of current-generation models before their next-generation counterparts replace them.
The end of GPU scalping?
Now that many graphics cards are readily available at retailers, there is less and less incentive for scalpers to buy up GPUs and sell them on eBay. Graphics card pricing on websites like eBay have fallen dramatically in recent weeks, as the availability of new graphics cards at retailers has given used GPU buyers no incentive to pay inflated prices. Today's GPU purchases are no longer fuelled by desperation, and that means that today's buyers can maximise the value of their purchases.
Will things get better for the low-end market?
As time goes on, we expect GPU pricing to normalise further. We expect the pricing of today's graphics cards to continue to lower, especially as the launch of new GPU hardware approaches. That said, it remains to be seen whether or not next-generation GPU launches will suffer from the same shortages as AMD's Radeon RX 6000 series and Nvidia's RTX 30 series.